Week Five: Design an object that could be classified as belonging to “The Internet of Things” and describe how it could contribute to your classroom.

Essential Question: Design an object that could be classified as belonging to “The Internet of Things” and describe how it could contribute to your classroom.

This week’s activities will help you to meet the following Course Objective: To demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to discover, analyze and evaluate the use of emerging technologies for education.

As well as meet the criterion from the rubric: 

Criterion Exceeds Met Needs Improvement
Gain basic understanding of the place of emerging technologies in education  NETS-C Images, video and written language indicates that students have gained expertise in the understanding of new technologies and evolving technologies. Images, video and written language indicates that students have engaged in and gained independent proficiency in the in the understanding of new technologies and evolving technologies. Little or no evidence presented that students have a basic working understanding of new technologies and evolving technologies.
Digital Communication NETS-C.3.g NETS-T-2008.4.d Clear and convincing evidence that the candidate used digital communication to engage in learning with his or her PLN. Some evidence that the candidate used digital communication to engage in learning with others. No evidence beyond narrative that the candidate used digital communication to engage in learning with others.
Promote Diversity NETS-C.5.c NETS-T-2008.4.d The candidate seeks out his or her colleagues and actively promotes a diversity of ideas by contributing to the learning of others over the week. The candidate is willing to promote a diversity of ideas by contributing to the learning of others over the week. The candidate does not seek out or contribute to the ideas of others, and instead operates independently.
Reflection NETS-C.6.c The candidate engages in a compelling reflection of the learning process and dispositions encountered in the previous week, and examines the manner in which this learning process furthers his or her professional practice. The candidate reflects on the learning process of the previous week, and examines the manner in which this learning will impact his or her professional practice. Little reflection is evident, or the candidate has not engaged in learning which will impact his or her professional practice.

Okay – this item deserves a blurb since for many of us, it’s obscure. I have a fitbit. It tells me how many steps I have taken in a day – how that compares to the number of steps I took other days. It tells me how many calories I burned, and it informs me of how deeply I sleep and for how long. I get an email once a week with this summary data in it, or I can check it real time on the Fitbit site.

Recently, Amazon introduced a reorder button that you can stick on a device, to reorder it from Amazon. Unfortunately, this hit the news on April 1 and many (myself included) thought it was an April Fool’s prank. It’s not it seems.

Amazon Echo lets you add things to a shopping list, hear the news, listen to the radio, google or turn lights off and on through just talking to the device.

These are examples of “the internet of things”: devices other than a computer that talk to and send information over the internet to give us data, data, data. And if you think this can’t impact schools, let me say one more time: data. Rest assured that once some company can figure out how to track student time on task, attention span, play time and time spent in repose, this information will quickly make its way into the classroom along with daily, weekly, monthly and annual reports to teachers, parents, community members and administrators of student activity.

This week you are having fun I hope by designing your own device that could be used in a classroom that utilized the internet of things. Now, don’t repeat my ideas :-). Come up with your own! You don’t have to make this work – believe me there is probably already a 16 year old somewhere working on this! But design a device, explain to us how this is a part of the internet of things – and show us how it could be useful.

Be sure to cite some sources and demonstrate you DO understand (however tenuously) what the internet of things means. Also – certainly there is a scary privacy aspect to this technology. How can we use this technology for good rather than for harm. You are of course free though to explore what could be the risks of this technology to privacy and human dignity – and ways you might combat that through your own device.

Do your best to have fun with this!

Read or watch two of the following resources: 

What is the Internet of Things and Why does it Matter?

The Internet of Everything: Fueling Educational Innovation

Can the Internet of Things make Education more Student Focused?

The Internet of Things 101

What does the Internet of Things mean for Design?

The Internet of Things is coming for your Baby.

Remember to add at least one,resource – more if you like, to your unitial posting.

Blogging

Each week, students are expected to post a response to the Essential Question for the week. In Weeks Three, Seven and Eleven, these blogs will be posted in Livetext for Scoring. Students then interact with others by making postings to their blogs and interacting in twitter. On Sunday, students are expected to post a reflection on their blog of the learning that they have encountered during the week.

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